CONWAY, S.C.–Lamont West dropped a career-high 27 points and West Virginia defeated Saint Joseph’s 97-90 in the consolation game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Sunday.
After struggling the first two games of the tournament, West made 7-of-11 from beyond the arc. Sagaba Konate had 15 points and nine rebounds. Wesley Harris scored 13 points. Esa Ahmad added 12 points.
On Friday, the Mountaineers (2-2) turned the ball over 22 times. However, WVU drastically cut that number down to 12 miscues.
The Mountaineers controlled the boards most of the game, outrebounding the Hawks (3-2) 39-29.
“We’re getting better,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “You can see us getting better. We’re playing harder. We’re rebounding the ball better and if we can keep it at 12 turnovers we’re going to be a pretty good team.”
Lamarr Kimble tallied 31 points for Saint Joseph’s. Charlie Brown chipped in 18. Jared Bynum and Taylor Funk added 16 points apiece.
West’s 3-point frenzy began in the first half, where the junior made 5-of-6 3s and scored 17 points, helping WVU build a 51-49 lead at the half.
Kimble layup with 13:25 to go gave Saint Joseph’s a 64-62 lead. But the Mountaineers refused to go away and sparked a 14-5 run, capped when West sank a 3-pointer, extending WVU’s lead to 76-69 with 10:26 to go.
The Hawks refused to go away but West’s two-hand slam with 14 seconds remaining sealed the win for the Mountaineers.
WVU shot 50 percent from the floor and 52 percent from 3-point land. The Mountaineers made 26-of-33 from the charity stripe.
Saint Joseph’s shot 50 percent from the field and 52 percent from beyond the arc. The Hawks made 17-of-28 from the free throw line.
Beetle Bolden missed today’s game with an elbow injury and listed as day-to-day.
WVU returns home to take on Valparaiso at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Cover Photo Credit: Ashley O’Brien, BGS